Valmir Nunes

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Valmir Nunes (born January 16, 1964)[1] is a Brazilian runner. A former world record holder, he currently holds South American and Brazilian Ultramarathon records.


Nunes initially found success in the 100-kilometre (62 mi) distance race, winning the world championship in 1991.[2] He also placed first in the U.S.A. National 100 Kilometer Championship, finishing before the first American.[2] In 1995 Nunes set the world record with a time of 6 hours, 18 minutes and 9 seconds in Winschoten, Netherlands. His record was not broken until 1998.[3][4]

Nunes has also been successful in longer races. In 2001 he won the 246-kilometre (153 mi) Spartathlon in Greece in a time of 23 hours, 18 minutes and 5 seconds.[5] He holds the course record at the 135-mile (217 km) Badwater Ultramarathon. In 2007 he was the first runner to finish the race in less than 24 hours, setting a course record of 22 hours, 51 minutes and 29 seconds. During the race, temperatures reached 114 °F (46 °C).[6]

In October 2010 Nunes attempted to break the world record for a 24-hour treadmill race. Although he won the race by running 215.60 kilometres (133.97 mi), he was unable to break the world record of 257.8 kilometres (160.2 mi).[4][7]


Nunes also coaches several runners, who compete in marathons and ultramarathons.[8] In 1998 Nunes encouraged his maid, Sirlene Pinho, to begin running competitively. She has since won a bronze medal in the marathon at the 2007 Pan American Games.[9]

In 2010 he released a book about his experiences in ultrarunning.[10]


  1. ^ "Valmir Nunes". Athletes Biographies. International Association of Athletics Federations. Retrieved 20 January 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "Results Plus". New York Times. February 28, 1993. Retrieved 20 January 2011. 
  3. ^ "100 Kilometers World Records". IAAF Records. International Association of Athletics Federations. Retrieved 20 January 2011. 
  4. ^ a b "Ultramaratonistas correm para quebrar recorde mundial em Porto Alegre". clicRBS (in Portuguese). October 15, 2010. Retrieved 20 January 2011. 
  5. ^ "Hall of Fame". Spartathon. Retrieved 20 January 2011. 
  6. ^ "Badwater ultra record smashed". Tahoe Daily Tribune. July 25, 2007. Retrieved 20 January 2011. 
  7. ^ "Valmir Nunes vence ultramaratona 24h em esteira disputada na Capital". clicRBS (in Portuguese). October 17, 2010. Retrieved 20 January 2011. 
  8. ^ "Pupilo de Valmir Nunes corre Bertioga-Maresias sozin". October 10, 2008. Retrieved 20 January 2011. 
  9. ^ "Sirlene Pinho". UOL Pan 2007 (in Portuguese). Universo Online. Retrieved 20 January 2011. 
  10. ^ "Ultramaratonista lança livro sobre 20 anos de carreira". clicRBS (in Portuguese). October 14, 2010. Retrieved 20 January 2011. 

External links[edit]

  • Nunes, Valmir (2010). Segredos de um Ultramaratonista (in Portuguese). Hemus. ISBN 978-85-289-0613-4.